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Students selected for Take Five, e5 programs

January 24, 2019
Yellow number five against a blue background.The Take 5 Scholars Program, unique to Rochester, allows students to apply for a tuition-free fifth year of study.

Each year, undergraduate students from the College and the Eastman School of Music are selected by special committees to receive a tuition-free, fifth year of study in two distinct programs: Take Five and e5.

“The Take Five and e5 programs are unique opportunities for students to explore their passions during a tuition-free fifth year,” says Jeffrey Runner, dean of the College. “These programs perfectly complement the Rochester Curriculum, which supports students following their passions wherever they lead them.”

While other universities have started offering similar programs, the Take Five program in particular is believed to be the oldest of its type, making Rochester a pioneer in this innovative way to encourage and support learning for learning’s sake.

The Take Five Scholars Program is sponsored by the College Center for Advising Services and affords students the opportunity to study a topic of interest and learn for the sake of learning. Students complete an application that includes a proposal for a sustained and coherent interdisciplinary program of study. With roughly 75 to 100 students admitted each year into the Take Five program, the number of students since its inception in 1986 is in the thousands.

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Nancy Bansbach 2020Destigmatizing and Accepting Mental Illness biomedical engineeringFayetteville, New York
John Cole2020Dissecting the Dialogue: American Culture and Gender-based Discriminationeconomics/international relationsElyria, OH
Leticia Daruge2020Exploring the Religious and Spiritual Identity of Italyinternational relations/psychologyOrlando, FL
Henry Dean2020First Generation - Understanding Chinese Perspectives and Values as a Chinese-AmericanmusicCary, NC
Sheila Doll2020Understanding Arguments: A Case for MathematicsneuroscienceBroomfield, CO
Matthew Figel2020Exploring the Conglomerate Culture of Art MuseumsmusicMidland, TX
Roisin Flanagan2020Acting: A Mirror of Societymolecular genetics/EnglishNashua, NH
Hia Ghosh2020The Pornification of WomenneuroscienceRochester, NY
Paula Guerra2021Comprehension of Italian Culture Through Diverse ComponentsbiochemistryTucson, AZ
Trung Ha2020Exploring the Advantages and Shortcoming of French Literature in Translation, with a Focus on the Nouveau Roman MovementphysicsHo Chi Minh, Vietnam
Muhammad Hadi2020Multimedia Journalism in a Developing Country Dynamicmechanical engineeringFaislabad, Pakistan
Mahwish Hamayun2020Islamic Studies Through Literature biology/historyBrooklyn, NY
Joel Jung2020Immersion in Language: Anatomical Structure & Human Literary FormpsychologyRochester, NY
Samuel King2021The Role of Music in Video Games and Filmmathematics/computer scienceFairview, PA
Yuxing Li2020Italian History Reflected in Architecture mathematics/businessShanghai, China
Yifei (Sylvia) Lin2021We Are What We Eat: A Comparative Study of Italian and Chinese Food Cultures biologyKunming, China
Philippe Maass2020Ethics in Journalism : Emerging Media and A Changing Timeeconomics/political scienceSilver Spring, MD
Rudolph Mayrhofer2020Religious Expression Through ArtphysicsFleetwood, PA
Stacey Monsell 2020Evolution of Life with the Planetbrain and cognitive sciences/linguisticsCatskill, NY
Eric Oporto2020Linking the Disparity between African vs African American Identity using the Artspsychology/businessCalumet City, IL
Tayfun Sahin2021The Intersection of Logic and Languagechemical engineering/political scienceHighland Park, IL
Iyad Sayed Issa2020Religion and PoliticsbiochemistryBlacksburg, VA
Kristin Smith2020Gender and Race Biases in Marketingbrain and cognitive sciencesWestborough, MA
Bryce Yahn2021Perception as a Creative Processbrain and cognitive sciencesFairview, PA

The e5 program is also sponsored by the College Center for Advising Services, with support from the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship. It offers selected students the chance to launch a project and engage in an experiential pursuit, economic or social in nature. Accepted undergraduates may launch an enterprise, intern with a startup, undertake special projects, or develop a business plan. The program began in 2005 as the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year program and was renamed e5 in 2018. About 175 students have been admitted since its inception.

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Maxwell Berlin2019The Empire Film Music Ensemble: Precedence, Growth and Sustainabilityjazz studies and contemporary media-writing emphasisHuntington Woods, MI
Xueying Chen2020Research of Happiness: Meditation and Mindfulness international relations/businessZhoushan, Zhejiang, China
Hannah Dick2020Rochester Improvisation Initiativebrain and cognitive sciences/applied musicSchenectady, NY
Yuchen Du2020Teamond LLC.- The Affordable Dining Solution for StudentseconomicsChangsha, China
Sixu Meng2020Nanabite: Connecting UR students with the surrounding communitydata science/businessXi'an, China
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Sophia Rosman2020Building a Social Good Platform Within an Existing Arts Businessphilosophy/art historyReisterstown, MD
Saralinda Schell2020Immersive Art: Beyond the Gallerycomputer science/political scienceBowling Green, KY
Sharfuz Shifat2020CrossRoads: A Hub for Connecting Student Entrepreneursfinancial economics/computer scienceDhaka, Bangladesh
Courtney Thomas, Jr2019Algorithmic Discriminationinternational relations/interdepartmental program A&SWashington, DC
John Uchal2019A Modern Approach to the Modification of Musical Wind Instrumentsapplied music/mechanical engineeringHighland Village, TX
Renjie Xiao2020Nanabite: Connecting UR students with Surrounding Communitiesbusiness: business analyticsShanghai, China




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